13 Words

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (0.18 hours)
Product Number: Z100030576
Released: Oct 05, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780061996764
Narrator/s: Michael Emerson
Publisher: HarperCollins
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From bestselling author Lemony Snicket and celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman comes an uproarious, whimsical word book like no other. Together, Snicket and Kalman present a strikingly beautiful journey woven from a practical introduction to thirteen wonderful words, featuring such marvels as Bird, Dog, Panache, and Haberdashery. Snicket, the notoriously clever and elusive New York Times bestselling author, pushes the boundaries of storytelling in the most fanciful of ways. Maira Kalman, renowned for her art and design, carries this madcap adventure to wondrous heights with her vision of a world populated with hats, song, and cake. This rollicking, surprising book is a true celebration of words.

Author(s): Lemony Snicket
Original Publish Date: Oct 05, 2010

Professional reviews

"Lemony Snicket, who became known for challenging listeners' vocabularies in his Series of Unfortunate Events, chooses 13 seemingly random words and arranges them into the story of a "despondent" bird and a dog who tries to cheer his friend by visiting a "haberdashery" to buy a hat with "panache." Michael Emerson's intonations and phrasing allow listeners to picture characters and settings even without Maira Kalman's illustrations. He encourages listeners to savor the sounds of words as the author intended. Who wouldn't buy a hat from a breathy sales-baby who describes "panache" as "a kind of verve or swagger"? In an amazing artistic interpretation, Snicket's final word, "mezzo-soprano," becomes an opera of the book, created by real-life composer Nico Muhly. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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